Silent Sundays with Swanson
Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon with silent film classics accompanied live by professional pianist Adam Swanson (to learn more about Adam read below)! The debut of Silent Sundays promises to be an entertaining and fascinating tribute to one of the great kings of silent comedy, Buster Keaton. The historic Henry Strater Theatre is a perfect venue for silent film—experience vintage cinema the way it was meant to be! A cash bar with popcorn and candy will be open. These events will be family friendly, so bring your kids and enjoy this fun and unique opportunity. Specific movies will be announced as dates approach.
One Week (Joseph M. Schenck Productions, 1920)
Starring Buster Keaton and Sybil Seely
In one of Keaton’s best short films, he and his new bride attempt to build a house from a numbered kit, while a former rival threatens to ruin their new home. Two reels of side-splitting fun arising from the trials of honeymooners… One Week is such a spectacular short subject that is was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 2008.
The General (Joseph M. Schenck Productions, 1926)
Starring Buster Keaton and Marion Mack
Many decades after its release, The General ranks as one of the most stunning films ever made. Inspired by the real-life events of the Great Locomotive Chase during the American Civil War, follow Keaton (“Johnnie Gray”) as he tracks his favorite engine into enemy territory. See the incredible stunts and legendary crash on the big screen! The General brings Love, Locomotives, and Laughs.
Adam Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Although he is only twenty-six years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with Michael Feinstein. Adam has performed at the Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as in Hungary, Switzerland, and Australia. He has worked with such musicians as Toronto’s John Arpin, former rock star Ian Whitcomb, and legendary 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox, who was one of Adam’s greatest influences. Adam frequently performs at the historic Strater Hotel where he makes his home in Durango, Colorado. Visit Adam online: www.adamgswanson.com.